Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Flexible hose or tubing, stiffened against collapse from external pressure by a helical wire, used as a suction-pipe for a fire-engine or other pump. Without the stiffening wires the sides would go together as soon as pressure within was less than the pressure without.
“The oak, which is the great laboratory of tannin, not only lays up stores of it in its bark and leaves, but its roots discharge into the ground enough of it to tan the rootlets of all plants that venture to put down their suction-hose into the same region, and their spongioles are so effectually closed by this process, that they can no longer perform their office, and the plant that bears them dies.”
“Beside this difficulty, the yard over which we lay was cased with ice, the gaskets and rope of the foot and leach of the sail as stiff and hard as a piece of suction-hose, and the sail itself about as pliable as though it had been made of sheets of sheathing copper.”
“Journals: "As soon as a man gets his suction-hose down into the great deep, he belongs to no age, but is an eternal man.”
“The stationary exhaust system comprises: a 0. 75kW, 230/415V, 2000m3/hr suction fan with motor-overload switch; a powder-coated sheet-steel wall bracket; a 150mm (D), 3m (L) self-supporting suction-hose type arm with internal joints and suction hood with a magnetic base; flexible 160mm (D) exhaust ducting up to 5m in length; and a 160mm (D) exhaust connection with a protective grid.”
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